Little Black Puddings (Dasineura pteridis)

These galls are commonly found on Bracken in the summer and autumn. They are caused by the larvae of a Cecidomyiid gall midge which cause these black, shiny, and rolled swellings to occur on the fronds. The mature larvae leave the galls to pupate in the soil, and there are two generations a year.

Little Black Pudding galls, Dasineura pteridis, Wimperhill, 6 September 2016 ©Rosemary Winnall

Non-biting Midge Chironomid larvae

The adult flies in the family Chironomidae (the non-biting midges), look a little like mosquitoes, and their larvae are aquatic or semi-aquatic. Some of these are bright red and commonly called bloodworms due to the presence of haemoglobin in their circulatory fluid so that they can carry oxygen which enables then to live in polluted water in almost anaerobic conditions. Some build tubes underwater from a mixture of mud and saliva, and these can be seen in Wyre during the summer, especially where the puddles are drying out. A few of these tubes placed in an aquarium have provided views of the bloodworms inside the tubes, and repairing those that were damaged.

Chironomid bloodworm larvae tubes, Wyre Forest, 18 June 2015 ©Rosemary Winnall

Chironomid bloodworm larvae tubes, Wyre Forest. 18 June 2015 ©Rosemary Winnall

Chironomid bloodworm larvae repairing damaged tubes, from Wyre Forest 18 June 2015

Rhingia campestris

This species of Hoverfly ( seen at the moment along the Severn), has the distinctive long snout of all the Rhingia species. Larvae are associated with cow dung. Adult males feed on nectar, while adult females feed on protein rich pollen

Tanyptera atrata ovipositing

This large and impressive cranefly was seen ovipositing on a rotting wood pile in Wyre. The female spent some time searching for the right place to lay, and was observed inserting her abdomen deep inside a crack in the wood as seen here. A male was also spotted nearby.

Tanyptera atrata female ovipositing in dead wood, 18th May 2014

Yellow legged Water Snipefly

The Yellow-legged Water Snipefly

A Water Snipefly 9 May 2014

Seen near Bewdley this water-snipefly Atherix ibis is one of only 3 aquatic snipe fly species found in the UK. It is not very common but can occasionally be seen along the River Severn. This female shows the yellow legs and the characteristically well marked wings. The species is known for its unusual habit of clustering under vegetation over water, prior to egglaying.